Next week, I'll be back on the moor to bring in my Heights of Summer series from the High Willhays area. If you haven't already, its your last chance to collect the set (New clues - Heights of Summer, July 2013). It seems an age since the height of Summer. The October letterbox Meet on clock change day appeared well attended, and theres a heap of new charity walks sited. Meanwhile the October weather seemed typically Autumnal. The Environment Agency tell us it was the eighth wettest October since records began in the South West, with about double the average rainfall, and high river levels reported during the latter half of the month.
The days are notably shorter, and the first frosts are forecast. Its a time for thermals on the moor, and good waterproofs too. Dicey river crossings, low cloud and tricky bearings. Dark green of heather, dark grey skies. Windswept car parks devoid of visitors. Steamed up windows on Fox Tor Cafe. Then there'll be the cold, crisp mornings. Frosted grass crunching underfoot. It is the end of Summer, but it is the beginning of another great letterboxing season.